How is January target Troy Deeney getting on? Could West Ham United renew their interest?

Watford's Troy Deeney scores their second goal

The Watford striker is said to have been a target for West Ham United earlier this year.

Watford's Troy Deeney celebrates scoring their first goalWatford's Troy Deeney celebrates

West Ham United were linked with a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney ahead of the January transfer window, to no avail.

But could the 28-year-old's situation convince Slaven Bilic's side to renew their interest this summer?

How's he getting on?

Deeney is having an excellent 2017, with six of his 10 league goals coming in the 13 games proceeding the turn of the year. It didn't stop manager Walter Mazzarri dropping him for last Sunday's trip to Tottenham, however.

Do West Ham still need him?

Yes. The Hammers have been after a new striker since time began it seems, with their recent acquisitions flattering to deceive. Simone Zaza's loan spell was terminated early and Jonathan Calleri is unlikely to stay on at the end of his, while Andy Carroll's fitness record is sketchy.

Could they get him?

You sense that at least one of Mazzarri or Deeney won't be at Vicarage Road next season, although Watford are previously said to have wanted around £30 million for their captain, which even in this day and age is a figure many are likely to balk at. But given West Ham's desperation to add to their front line, it's plausible that the Hammers could be the ones who pay it.

Verdict: 5/10 - Given what happened to Quique Sanchez Flores, Mazzarri could be on his way this summer and that may in turn keep Deeney on board.

Watford manager Walter MazzarriWatford manager Walter Mazzarri

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